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"eliminate pesticides"

Dr Quinn Medicine Woman's Seymour wants parents to know the risks

March 7, 2001

From a press release

NEW YORK -- Actress Jane Seymour announced today that she is spearheading a national campaign to alert parents to the potential health risks children face from exposure to potentially dangerous pesticides.

The campaign - Care for Kids - includes as partners a leading family organization and experts in the field of pesticide management. The program will teach millions of parents about the steps they can take to protect their children from potentially dangerous pesticides. Materials will be distributed through the YWCA of the City of New York and its national childcare network. "I've been involved with children's issues for years," said Seymour, mother of six, including five-year-old twin boys, "I am alarmed that millions and millions of gallons of pesticides are sold and used every spring in homes, schools and childcare centers, putting our children at risk. Today we are saying to parents, `not this spring,' do something different. And we are providing tools to help them."

(though they were recently banned) "Chlorpyrifos can be sold until the end of 2001, Diazinon until 2004."

Why Pesticides Now?

According to a recent study, nine out of 10 consumers say safety is their biggest concern when buying pesticides. However, nearly half say they have not investigated the health and safety of the pesticides they use and believe they do not have enough information to feel comfortable making decisions about them (Convergys Survey, Sept. 2000, 400 interviews). Pesticides made headlines across the nation this past year with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) condemning and phasing out two popular pesticides for home and garden use due to the potential health risks they pose, but allowing their sale through this spring and summer season. These pesticides are known as organophospates, which include Chlorpyrifos and Diazinon. Chlorpyrifos can be sold until the end of 2001, Diazinon until 2004. At least 50 other pesticides are currently under review by the EPA and other announcements may follow.

" Care for Kids is asking parents to follow the 3E's of Pesticide Safety -- Educate, Evaluate and Eliminate."

Reaching Families Across America

"As parents, we want to do everything we can to protect our kids, but there is an incredible void of simple information to guide parents to better choices," Seymour said.

The national campaign will reach millions of families this spring through an easy-to-understand brochure and Web site. The brochures will be distributed in New York City and across the country through the YWCA-NYC.

"Our goal is to put valuable information in parents' hands where they make daily decisions about their child's care," said Rae Linefsky, CEO/executive director of the YWCA-NYC. "We know first-hand the power of information and the positive impact it can have on families." The YWCA Child Care Network serves 2.5 million children.

"The Care for Kids brochure will offer easy checklists for parents to follow in their home, school or childcare center."

Care for Kids Action

Care for Kids is asking parents to follow the 3E's of Pesticide Safety -- Educate, Evaluate and Eliminate. The steps are: Educate yourself about potential pesticide threats to children. Evaluate your home, school or child care center. Eliminate dangerous pesticides from your child's environment and replace them with safer alternatives as needed.

The Care for Kids brochure will offer easy checklists for parents to follow in their home, school or childcare center. Further, it will direct parents to, a Web site that will enable them to learn more about up-to-date information on health, research, ingredients and products.

Who Cares for Kids

Care for Kids is a partnership of organizations and individuals associated with children and pesticide management including:

  • YWCA - New York City operates childcare centers throughout the city, serving over 1,200 children, and is part of a national network of childcare centers that reaches 2.5 million children. Since 1870, the YWCA-NYC has been a pioneer for political and social change for new and innovative programs to improve the lives of women and men, girls and boys, families and communities. see original link here

  • Bill Currie has had hands-on experience with all aspects of urban pest management during his 22 years as a charter member and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency. Since leaving EPA, Bill founded the International Pest Management Institute (IPMI), which provides technology exchange for urban IPM information including private consulting and training workshops on IPM for school sites, nursing homes, hospitals and food manufacturing, handling and commodity storage.

  • Dr. Faith Oi works closely with Dr. Phil Koehler inthe Urban Entomology Program of the Entomology and Nematology Dept. at University of Florida. Dr. Oi previously held positions at the USDA and Auburn University, where she developed an extension program in urban pest management in cooperation with the Alabama pest control industry and Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Dr. Oi received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department.

  • Bioganic Safety Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of pesticides made with select plant oils for use in the home, lawn and garden. Bioganic discovered a new all natural "active" ingredient that has the killing power of conventional synthetic insecticides with all the benefits of the natural botanical insecticides, including no pesticide residue.

    See original link here

    Care for Kids and its education campaign is funded by donations from
    Bioganic Safety Brands, Inc.
    Note: A Photo is available here